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Aug 17, 2013 4:00pm PDT
at the mountain, the order was jefferson, washington, and lincoln. believe it or not, jefferson was on the other side of washington for 18 months. after 18 months of work, they just got done doing his nose, they're working on his mouth, and they ran into some bad rock. they couldn't carve it. there was only one thing to do. borglum had his men go up there, drill behind jefferson, pack it full of dynamite, and they blew jefferson right off the mountain. now, the order changed. they moved jefferson where he is today, that moved lincoln down further where he is, and now they had room to add theodore roosevelt. >> how much further? >> oh, not too far. got to go up the stairs, and we're gonna be there. >> how'd the workers get up here? >> well, believe it or not, it was a climb of over 760 stairs every morning from down by the studio, walk right up this way. and then in 1936, the upgraded train-car system would carry five people. so you got a free ride up in the morning, walked down at night. are you ready? >> all right, let's go. >> okay. >> on the way up, we passed the remains of an old pipeline. i
Aug 10, 2013 4:00pm PDT
for a historic speech, but this memorial usually leaves visitors speechless. lauren visits a site in washington that you probably see every day. >> got a penny? then you have a copy of one of our most moving national memorials. [ cash register dings ] the image of president abraham lincoln and his memorial are also etched onto the $5 bill, but the contribution lincoln made to this country can't be measured in dollars and cents. >> lincoln was the person who persevered the most. he's the one who was the glue, in essence, that kept this country from falling apart and separating into two very different countries. >> lincoln saw the nation through its biggest crisis -- the civil war. he decided the only way to survive as the united states was to abolish slavery. his most famous speech, the gettysburg address, is inscribed on the south wall. national parks spokesperson bill line says visitors are visibly moved by the power of lincoln's words. >> part of what is written there as to how he realizes that the nation is on the precipice of possibly falling apart, of possibly dividing into two nations and
Aug 31, 2013 2:30pm PDT
, the public is invited onto the marines' oldest military post. called "marine barracks washington," the post was established in 1801 to protect our nation's capital. >> in this day and age, we are more famous for our ceremonial marching units and our musical units -- "the commandant's own" and "the president's own" u.s. marine band. >> and during evening parade, both bands get to strut their stuff. [ rhythmic drumming ] officially called the u.s. marine band, it was created by an act of congress in 1798. >> we played for john adams and his wife and a small party of guests before john adams left office, but it was really thomas jefferson, who took office right after that, that gave us the name "the president's own." >> the president needed his own musical unit to perform at different white house functions for foreign dignitaries and those that may attend, well, his very nice estate. >> we've played at every inaugural since thomas jefferson, and i believe that's 52 inaugurations over 210 years. so we're very proud of that fact, as well. >> the marine band is composed of people from all over th
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